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O What changed? The sports­bike world (and the Blade’s ca­pac­ity, it was orig­i­nally tested with a 749cc mo­tor). Birth of the su­per­bike. O Tell us about it: The orig­i­nal Fire­blade was re­leased in 1992, the same year as the NR750, and to­tally over-shad­owed Honda’s oval-pi­s­toned won­der. Break­ing the ac­cepted rule for an in­line four sports­bike to be 749cc, the 893cc Blade was lighter, faster, bet­ter han­dling and more pow­er­ful than its ri­vals thanks to cre­ator Tadao Baba’s ob­ses­sion with weight sav­ing and use of mod­ern de­sign tech­niques. A true game-changer. O Should I buy one? If you can get one at a good price, then yes. But too many are over-priced due to their sta­tus as a fu­ture in­vest­ment. Blade rat­ing:

CBR900RR Fire­blade (N/P)

O What changed? Stronger crank, heav­ier fly­wheel, styling tweaks. O Tell us about it: The fly­wheel’s weight was in­creased to help smooth the drive out of bends while the crank was strength­ened to cure un­re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues when tuned. O Should I buy one? Up to your bud­get; you won’t feel the changes.

Blade rat­ing:


893cc + 185kg + 160.9mph | 122bhp @ 10,500rpm | 65ftlb @ 8000rpm

999.8cc + 199kg + 171mph | 175bhp @ 12,000rpm | 83.9ftlb @ 8500rpm

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